Today is Jodi’s 45th birthday. She is MUCH older than me… even though we graduated from high school together. In truth, for the past 32 years, we’ve pretty much done everything together.
I can’t imagine what my life would’ve been like had I not found Jodi. My mom always said we were more like sisters than best friends. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve fought, we’ve made up. We’ve been there for each other through everything that life has brought us.
When we were in high school, the kids called us “Laverne & Shirley”… I think I was Laverne. Our dream was to graduate and move to Nashville. You know, the Country Music Capital of the World. Neither one of us can sing, but we loved Country music. We never made it to Nashville, instead we found a little apartment in Yellville, Arkansas that cost $90 a month (utilities paid). We figured we could afford $45 a month each. So, we did that for a while.
I got married in 1983 (only a year after graduation). Jodi was my Maid of Honor. Gary (Jodi’s husband) was Dave’s Best Man.
(Yes, our wedding was pink and burgundy)
In 1984, Jodi and Gary got together. (Just as we planned) In March of 1987, Jodi had her only child, Jessica (March 4), and I had my first-born, Kale (March 31). Our kids went through elementary, middle, high school and now college together (they’re even at the same University).
We still live within a few minutes of each other. We work out together. We go to the same church. We go to the same hairdresser (and we usually schedule our appointments together). We eat out on weekends together. We have FUN together!!
What’s funny is that when we’re together, people call me Jodi or her Jacquie. Even my own mother did that on occasion. Jodi’s boss does it ALL the time.
Here’s a little stroll down memory lane…
(most of our yearbook pictures are in black and white… and not very good quality.)
Home Ec class. I think I must’ve been “entertaining”. Although, Jodi seems to be the only one paying attention.
Senior Class Trip 1982
Getting burnt to a crisp on our class trip
After an alumni basketball game (Karen, Jodi, and me)
Happy Birthday, Jo!
You’re the best BFF ever!!